RMS Statement on Coronavirus - updated 28 August 2020

Hopefully as you read this message many of you have or are returning to your labs and beginning to find some sense of routine after this seemingly very long last few months. As there are still issues affecting us all around COVID-19, we wanted to update you as to where we are as a Society and our continuing plans to ensure the health and safety of our members, delegates, speakers, exhibitors and members of staff.

As the Government has eased restrictions we have assessed the benefits and risks of RMS Staff returning to the office. Generally speaking, the majority of staff will continue to work from home but we intend to be able to allow a small number to work within the office under strict social distancing guidance on a voluntary basis. All Society committee meetings, including the RMS Annual General Meeting (scheduled for 16 November) will take place virtually until at least the end of 2020. 

All RMS events will take place virtually until the end of 2020. This includes the planned AFM & SPM meeting and Frontiers in Bioimaging meetings in November. We have also added a number of virtual events to our event calendar. If there are any events you would like information on, please email [email protected]

In addition to the disappointing cancellation of emc2020, we have also had to postpone the RMS annual Flow Cytometry course which was due to take place in September. However, we are pleased to announce that registration is open for the Virtual Flow Cytometry Data Course. Although this does not fully replace a hands-on course, it does provide much needed training and will hopefully be an annual addition to our calendar. Please continue to check our event calendar for updates and new virtual meetings.

Don’t forget we also have a great list of online resources compiled by members and Society colleagues, along with the results from our hugely successful ‘Lab Safety in the COVID-19 era’ virtual meetings. You can find the full listing here.

The RMS will continue to monitor and act on advice from the UK Government regarding precautions on COVID-19 and provide updates as and when the situation changes.

If you have any questions at all , please contact [email protected].

For further information and Government advice, please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Allison Winton
RMS Chief Executive

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